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Manager has given us 'massive lift' - Digby

3 May 2018

Stags' defender Paul Digby has spoken of the 'massive lift' that manager David Flitcroft has brought to the players since his arrival at the club.

Digby has broken into the first team of late, making a series of appearances at right-back.

The 23-year-old says that there is a feeling of 'excitement' heading into Saturday's final day game against Crawley Town, brought about by the confidence that Stags' boss Flitcroft has instilled into the team.

"[The mood is] one of excitement, we don't want the season to end. I think that's our mindset going into the game. All our focus is on Saturday and getting the three points - hopefully other results go our way," said Digby.

"It's up there with the important games in my career. Definitely, in fact [it's the biggest of my career].

"Football is a funny game. Conrad Logan has been speaking to us about his time at Leicester when they snuck in there.

"It would be amazing to get into the play-offs and keep that Wembley dream alive.

"We won the last game and had a few good results recently. It's momentum gained and we'll just keep building and building on it.

"If we get into the play-offs, it would be a good time to come into them off the back of some good form.

"He [David Flitcroft] has been incredible really. Up in training the boys are physically fitter, stronger and sharper. The intensity we're training at is brilliant.

"We do a lot of work on set pieces and shape work, and I feel like the team are really well organised at the moment.

"Over the last eight weeks, training-wise, I just feel like there's been a massive lift. All the boys are buzzing and we're all excited going into the last game of the season.

"Sometimes it can be difficult when a new manager comes in, but things take time, and we can all see the great job the manager is doing on the training pitch.

"Sometimes that just takes a bit of time to come out on the pitch but I feel that it's finally happening now.

"The boys don't want the season to end because we're starting to kick on and things are starting to come together.

"Over the last eight weeks, training-wise, I just feel like there's been a massive lift. All the boys are buzzing and we're all excited going into the last game of the season."

Paul Digby, defender

"I see it day-to-day on the training pitch that the boys are excited and everything is coming together. The gaffer has such an eye for detail. From a personal point of view they pick out little things in my game and as a player, when they see those things, it makes your game better."

Digby also explained that he will play in whatever position is asked of him in order to help the team, despite his preferred central midfield role.

"I've enjoyed being here, coming in and learning every day. Sometimes when you're out of the team it is difficult, but my mindset has always been that you can get chucked in at any time," he added.

"I've been in football long enough to know you have to deliver when you get put in and I feel like I've done that.

"I never want to let the boys down. I want to give my all for the team every time I step on the pitch and I feel like I've done that.

"I've played right-back at Championship level so it's nothing new to me. I'm just glad I can go out there and help the boys and keep that play-off dream alive.

"I do feel that I have to be down the centre of the pitch, whether that's centre-half or centre-midfield. I still feel my best position is in midfield but like I say, if I have to play right-back to help the team I'm more than happy to do that.

Despite the players expecting a tough test this weekend for the final league match of the season against Crawley, Digby explained that the team will head into the game full of confidence.

"[We're expecting] a tough one. All the games are tough. Crawley have some fast wingers and they did really well when we went down to their place. 

"We're expecting a tough game but we just have to focus on ourselves and go into it full of confidence. The manager will have a plan like he always does, his eye for detail is amazing. He'll have a plan of how to win the game and we'll go and execute it on the day.

"It's football, we'll go out and enjoy ourselves and express ourselves as best we can, just like any other game."

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